Kelsey joined the staff at the Defense Business Board (DBB) in March 2012 by way of the Student Career Experience Program, a Department of Defense program designed to attract young talented graduate students to join and enhance the DoD workforce.

Prior to joining the DBB staff, Kelsey served a rotational assignment in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction where she worked on treaty compliance. Prior to that she served a rotation in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs as a Constituent Inquiries Liaison where she researched and articulated DoD programs and policies to Congressional staff. She also served in the Directorate for Organizational and Management Planning as a Junior Management Analyst where she authored legislative proposals and appeals for the Director of Administration and Management.

Before she came to the Department of Defense in May 2011, Kelsey was an intern with United States Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) in her Washington, D.C. office. Prior to that Kelsey was contracted to the Department of the Interior's Office of the Secretary as a Records Management Specialist.

Kelsey received her Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies at Missouri State University in 2012. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Grove City College.